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milk cow

a cow that is raised for its milk rather than for beef.
Informal. a source of easily gained income; profitable venture:
The new subsidiary turns out to be a real milk cow.
Origin of milk cow
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • If it be a milk-cow, the lacteal secretion is diminished, and the udder is hot and tender.

  • But one often reads of a milk-cow, so I supposed there must be some cows that are all for cream, if some are for milk.

    Great Uncle Hoot-Toot Mrs. Molesworth
  • On his way he overtook a boy, a little fellow of eight or nine, driving a milk-cow ahead of him.

    Under Handicap Jackson Gregory

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